Found footage films have their many detractors, but maybe they’ll change their tune when they find out that the director of screen gems such as ‘Diner’, ‘Good Morning, Vietnam’, and ‘Rain Man’ is trying his hand at the genre. That’s right, Barry Levinson made an unexpected move to found footage horror with his latest film ‘The Bay’.
From the producers of ‘Paranormal Activity’ and ‘Insidious’, this film features a small town that’s plagued with biological disaster that stems from the body of water it’s attached to. Here’s the official synopsis to the film, followed by the first trailer, thanks to Collider:
The quaint seaside town of Chesapeake Bay thrives on water; it is the lifeblood of the community. When two biological researchers from France find a staggering level of toxicity in the water, they attempt to alert the mayor, but he refuses to create a panic in the docile town. As a result, a deadly plague is unleashed, turning the people of Chesapeake Bay into hosts for a mutant breed of parasites that take control of their minds, and eventually their bodies. A brutal and harrowing creature feature for the 21st century, ‘The Bay’ chronicles the descent of a small town into absolute terror.
I’m intrigued by this movie because unlike ‘Paranormal Activity’ or ‘Insidious’, I think ‘The Bay’ looks more like it could happen. It’s a very real life threat that can happen to any town near a body of water, so my initial reaction is to be more scared of this movie than any of the previous straight up horror found footage films with ghosts, witches, and the like.
Starring Will Rogers and Christopher Denham, ‘The Bay’ opens in theaters on November 2nd.